Unit Happenings

  Unit 3-S welcome back dinner

Brenda Newitter

On November 6, members of Unit 3-S all gathered for our annual dinner in Oracle at Nona Maria’s Ristorante and Pizza. Everyone enjoyed the fabulous food and welcomed back the snowbirds in our Unit. A good time was had by all.

Unit 16 Happy Hour

Carolyn McLean

Unit 16’s Chuck Brown decided to challenge those attending happy hour on Sunday, November 19 to a ridiculously funny game.

For those brave enough to participate, they entertained onlookers in the Agave Lounge. The rules were simple enough. Take a dime, put it between your knees, and take eight steps without dropping it. The goal was to get it into a champagne flute placed on the floor and drop it in. Much easier said than done and the stakes were high for the $5 prize. The three finalists matched several rounds stepping further away from the glass each time until the winner was able to collect her prize.

A big thanks to the very patient wait staff that managed to safely dodge the frivolity. We were all pleased at the great turnout to welcome back our winter visitors and to meet our new neighbors in Unit 16. We look forward to the next happy hour in January. Happy holidays to one and all from Unit 16.

Unit 27 activities

Sue Case

The Unit 27 Snack and Chat for the month of October was a Halloween Party, hosted by Carol and Marv Goldberg on Tuesday, October 31. Having just returned from their summer digs less than a week before, Carol and Marv turned their house and yard into a world of gnomes and other fantastic creatures to create a charmingly whimsical setting for a Halloween party. Most of the large number of residents that attended came in costume and everyone came with a festive spirit and enjoyed the evening.

Unit residents gathered at Wildflower, the original Fox Restaurant, on Tuesday, November 7 for another unit Dine Around, again arranged by Janie Grinstead and Fira Stout. Everyone was wondering how the popular restaurant would handle our rather large group but they handled the seating quite well, setting up one large long table and a couple of smaller round tables. Always known for its good food, the “Half off all bottles of wine every Tuesday,” added to the fun for some of the diners. Wine or not, everyone seemed to enjoy their meal as well as the camaraderie.

Fira is also the self-appointed (with great thanks!) unit Bocce Ball coordinator and has set up monthly games for any unit resident to participate, either by playing or watching. In addition to the fun and skill (or not) involved in these monthly outings, someone often brings a treat to share. Please contact Fira for more information, but beware that her enthusiasm is infectious!

As in other units, Unit 27 has had its fair share of resident turnover, with most selling residents leaving the community; however, Janie and Rick Grinstead recently moved from their home in Unit 27 to one in Unit 32. In addition to the Grinsteads, other “emeritus” residents of Unit 27, who occasionally participate in Unit 27 activities, are Nancy and Harry Newlon, JoAnn and Dennie Wilbour, Peg and Joe Tomlinson and Darlene Bergmeier. The ties that bind!

Happy holidays!

Unit 49 picnic

Renee Pearson

Unit 49 held its eighth annual picnic at Catalina State Park on Tuesday, November 7. It was a beautiful day at the Gila Monster group picnic grounds. The event was hosted by the Unit Social Committee who served delicious fried chicken and wonderful salads. There were games by Bob DeFraites and Dennis Marchand which provided a lot of fun and laughter. Beautifully decorated cupcakes and the table decorations were done by Colleen DeFraites in honor of our veterans. We paid tribute to the Unit 49 veterans of the armed services and again presented each one with a box of M&M’s which were developed for the military to provide a melt-free candy. It was another fun get together for the unit.